Program Details

University of California, Los Angeles

Updated: November 08, 2019

Total number of tenure-track or tenured faculty

58

Number of women in tenure-track or tenured faculty positions

8

[Calculated] Percentage of women in tenure-track or tenured faculty positions

14%

Total number of graduate students

191

Number of women graduate students

32

[Calculated] Percentage of women graduate students

17%

Total number of post doctoral associates

47

Number of women post doctoral associates

9

[Calculated] Percentage of women post doctoral associates

19%

Is there a family leave policy for graduate students? If so, describe.

Yes, we have the UCLA Childbirth Accommodation Fund for graduate student researchers (GSRs) and for fellowship holders. Six weeks of maternity leave funding are automatically granted for expectant mothers holding UCLA Fellowships, Graduate Division Endowed Fellowships or fellowships offered by academic departments and centers at UCLA.

Also, a student holding a TAship is eligible to receive up to six (6) weeks of paid leave for pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions for the period prior to, during and after childbirth (refer to Article 17 Leaves of the University of California and the UAW contract).

Other Maternity Benefits at UCLA
Research doctoral students who are undergoing childbirth or coping with other serious parenting demands are allowed additional time to meet established deadlines for passing preliminary and/or qualifying examinations and completing their dissertations. See page 23 of Standards and Procedures for Graduate Study at UCLA for more details.

UCLA also offers a childcare reimbursement program for graduate students. More information can be found here: https://grad.ucla.edu/funding/working-at-ucla/childcare-reimbursement-program/

Is there family health insurance for graduate students? If so, is it included in the stipend?

Yes, you can find a link here for dependent care: http://www.studenthealth.ucla.edu/Lists/ChannelContent/CustDispForm.aspx?ID=20&Title=Dependent%20Care&Channel=Insurance

Fee remissions only cover health insurance for an individual student. Dependent coverage is separate from student coverage and is not covered by fee remissions and must be purchased separately.

Do you have a Woman in Physics Group? If yes, please include link to their website if they have one.

Yes, it is called Womxn in Physics and Astronomy (WiPA): http://wipa.physics.ucla.edu/

Do you have a Physics Graduate Student Association? If yes, please include link to their website if they have one.

Yes, http://www.pa.ucla.edu/content/physics-graduate-council

What other relevant student groups are there in your institution?

Astronomy Live! http://www.astro.ucla.edu/content/astronomy-live/
Women in the Physical Sciences: http://ugradwomen.pa.ucla.edu/

Has your institution ever hosted a Conference for Undergraduate Women in Physics? If yes, which year?

Yes, it hosted a CUWiP conference in January 2017.

Has your institution ever hosted an APS Climate Site Visit for Women and Minorities in Physics?

Yes, it hosted an APS climate visit in December 2018.

Please describe why someone applying to graduate school who is interested in a female-friendly department should choose your department.

The UCLA Department of Physics and Astronomy is committed to promoting and fostering a diverse and inclusive environment of learners because we believe that diversity promotes innovation. We are dedicated to supporting and engaging faculty and students from a broad array of backgrounds and experiences to tackle some of the biggest questions in astronomy and physics. The Department strives for an environment of respect for all its members, who share the common purpose of the study of physics and astronomy. To pursue our goal of inclusiveness, we have created a Department Diversity Committee composed of faculty, students and staff whose mission is to promote a warm and welcoming culture for everyone. The Graduate Physics and Astronomy Association coordinate a peer-to-peer mentoring program, organize quarterly socials and weekly tea/coffee mingles between faculty and graduate students. We also have a Womxn in Physics and Astronomy (WiPA) group and an Outreach committee that coordinate social and educational events throughout the year. In conjunction with the UCLA Career Center, the department has been offering professional development workshops that include academic and industry career panels. As a teaching assistant, we actively promote the use of inclusive teaching practices in coordination with the Center for the Advancement of Teaching.

Please include the name of faculty or staff member and an email they can be reached at for further questions.

Stephanie Krilov - krilov@physics.ucla.edu

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